Joseph Mallord William Turner

Vesuvius and Monte Somma from Naples

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 122 x 197 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15634
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 40

Catalogue entry

The subject of this sketch is the peaks of Monte Somma (left) and Vesuvius (right) seen from Naples. A small smoke trail can be seen issuing from the crater of the volcano. The foreground structures are currently unidentified although they may represent part of the old port or arsenal of Naples, on the quayside near Castel Nuovo.

Nicola Moorby
May 2010

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